Betting on Rugby
Bigger TV sponsorship deals and a growing international market combined has created massive global interest, and has invariably led to a huge desire to bet on rugby union. Competitions, domestic and international run pretty much all-year round, which keeps the markets busy, with more and more Rugby Union tipsters taking advantage of live in-play odds, tournament outrights etc.
However, it seems that more often than not there are a lot of shorter priced favourites, so outright winners might not be where the real money is. It's probably worth checking out rugby union handicap betting, where your chances of winning more cash is greatly increased, because the Rugby Union odds are predominantly offered to level up the market (normally the 'smaller' teams don't win so often). Thus a selection deemed inferior to the opposition team has a greater chance of winning the said rugby match.
Rugby Betting Tips
If you're looking to bet and find the best Rugby Union odds it might be best to try your luck betting in one of the many international competitions, these include the Rugby Union World Cup, the Lions rugby union tour, the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship and The Rugby Championship, which is held in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere respectively.
Betting On The Six Nations Championship
Rugby’s most difficult international competition to call by quite some distance involves Northern Hemisphere heavyweights England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and relative newcomers Italy.
Each side in the yearly tournament plays each other once over seven gruelling weeks, with home games rotated on a yearly basis.
England and Wales lead the way in terms of Six Nations success, both winning the competition 26 times.
A shift in power over the last decade has made the tournament more difficult to call than ever before. Ireland have won back-to-back titles in the last two years, while England have been champions just once in the last 12 years.
England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland contest their own Triple Crown series during the Six Nations, which offers an alternative betting market.
Triple Crown success can only be achieved with a victory against the other three nations from the British Iles competing in the tournament.
Winning all five matches in the competition earns the unique title of ‘Grand Slam’ champions, a feat last achieved by Wales in 2012.
Betting On The Rugby Union World Cup 2015
The Rugby Union World Cup is contested every four years between 20 teams and is hosted by winning bid nations in the north and southern hemisphere.
The last Rugby Union World Cup 2011 was won by New Zealand rugby against France in the final. The next Rugby Union World Cup 2015 will be hosted by England with the final venue at Twickenham in London. The first rugby world cup was hosted in 1987 and the winning team every time since is awarded the coveted William Webb Ellis Cup.
The biggest event in this year’s sporting calendar involves 20 nations contesting the William Webb Ellis trophy in games across England and Wales.
Since the Rugby World Cup began in 1987 only four nations have been victorious.
Southern Hemisphere giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia have dominated, while England enjoyed the sole European success in 2003.
France are the competition’s perennial bridesmaids, losing in the final three times.
Holders New Zealand are strong favourites to retain the trophy this Autumn thanks to a formidable record of 38 victories in 42 test matches under coach Steve Hansen.
Hosts England are also strongly fancied to challenge on home soil under Stuart Lancaster’s leadership, but must navigate a difficult group which also includes Australia and Wales.
Dark horses Ireland should also not be discounted, with a favourable draw and an astute coach in experienced Kiwi Joe Schmidt.
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Betting On The Rugby Championship
Traditionally a Tri-Nations tournament between Southern Hemisphere superpowers New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, the competition was rebranded to include Argentina in 2012. Few would argue that the southern hemisphere rugby showpiece is the leading tournament after the Rugby World Cup. Due to the favourably dry conditions the pace of the game is substantially quicker and lends itself to an abundance of try scoring opportunities and more often than not fixtures end up as high scoring affairs.
New Zealand have dominated the competition since that inclusion, winning three consecutive championships and losing just once in 18 matches.
The All Blacks now lead the way with 10 titles if you factor in Tri-Nations results dating back to 1996, with South Africa and Australia lagging behind on three wins apiece.
Betting On The Lions Rugby Union Tour
An invitation series of matches steeped in history, which sees a Lions select team made up of players from the British Isles travel to play New Zealand, South Africa or Australia.
The Lions have toured a Southern Hemisphere nation to play a three-match series once roughly every four years since 1888, although success has proved difficult to come by since the turn of the century.
A sole victory in the last 15 years came in Australia. That 2-1 success in 2013 came against Australia, coached by Warren Gatland and aided by the trusty boot of Welshman Leigh Halfpenny.
The next Lions Tour will represent the ultimate challenge when they head down south to take on the mightly All Blacks. The Tour will consist of three internationals however prior to these Tests they face the daunting prospect of taking on New Zealand's finest in their Super XV franchises and the Maori All Blacks
With ten matches on this iconic tour, betting opportunities will be plenty alongside many points that will be expected.
Betting On The Aviva Premiership
English rugby’s leading domestic competition the Aviva Premiership has gone from strength to strength since reverting to a new play-off system in 2003.
Topping the table is no longer a guarantee for championship success, with four teams qualifying for the post-season showdown.
The format has helped create welcome unpredictability, with Saracens, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and Harlequins all winning the Twickenham Grand Final in the last four seasons.
Sale Sharks, Wasps and Gloucester have also won the title since the turn of the century.
A £125 million broadcast deal with BT Sport has also helped domestic rugby grow considerably.
Betting On The European Rugby Champions Cup
European Rugby’s premier continental competition is a 20-team tournament created as a breakaway from the Heineken Cup.
The inaugural Champions Cup involved teams from England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Wales, although the French dominated.
56,622 fans watched the first final in 2015, contested by French giants Toulon and Clermont.
Toulon edged the showdown 20-14 and continued a proud recent record in European rugby, winning the final two Heineken Cup competitions back-to-back.
Prior to that French success Irish sides had also reigned supreme in Europe, with Leinster and Munster sharing four Heineken Cup wins between them from 2008-2012.
Betting On The Top 14
French rugby’s premier league has become the richest, most powerful domestic club competition in the world.
Helped by a rise in popularity that saw Stade Francais attract 79,502 fans to their clash with Toulouse in 2015, money has poured into the sport at the top level.
French clubs have enjoyed huge success in Europe as a result of an influx of top players from all over the globe to the Top 14.
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter underlined Top 14’s spending power last year by signing a deal with Racing Metro worth £1.3 million-a-season.
Betting On The Pro12
Formerly known as the Celtic League, the Pro 12 is a premier club competition contested by top teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy.
Italian teams joined the league for the first time in 2011, although it did little to end the dominance enjoyed by Irish and Welsh sides in the yearly competition.
Much like the Aviva Premiership, a play-off system was adopted in 2009 to ensure healthy competition right across the league.
Irish giants Leinster and Welsh outfit Ospreys have both been champions four times apiece, with Munster following close behind with three.
Glasgow Warriors broke that stranglehold with a maiden Scottish success in 2015.
Betting on Super Rugby
The tournament began in 1996 and was officially branded the Super 12 consisting of the leading teams from New Zealand and South Africa. An additional two teams joined in 2006 which was then expanded to 15 in 2011.
It is one of the toughest Rugby Union tournaments in the world, mainly due to the quality of the players, the exceptional playing conditions and most importantly the extensive travel that is involved.
As expected New Zealand teams have led the way with the most wins, 13, compared to Australia's four and South Africa's three, the Crusaders from Cantebury being the most successful franchise by some distance with seven wins.
Rugby Union Betting Tips
Simple match or tournament betting is available on every professional rugby match, although staking on the handicap market has become an increasingly popular alternative in recent years.
Predicting the winning margin is another exciting alternative that offers genuine prospects for value, particularly during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Another very popular Rugby market is 1st try-scorer, offering 30 opportunities for success and the potential to find good value.
Rugby Union Top Tipsters
If you love all things to do with sport then you can not miss this event. The Rugby Union World Cup is a source of great potential profit for any punter. So with our guide in-hand you can be sure that the best Rugby Union World Cup 2015 tips and predictions will be here in bettingexpert's tipster community.
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